Tonight was my first experience with fresh turmeric!
It is similar looking to ginger and packs a punch of flavor as well. Turmeric is used from a dye to a super food in fighting cancer. It is also the principal ingredient in curry powders. I thought I would roll with the curry theme for my dinner tonight.
Curry with Fresh Turmeric
- 1 yellow onion
- olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 delicata squash
- 1 bunch lacinato kale
- 1 bell pepper
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 tsp fresh or dried turmeric
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 cup water
- pasta serving of choice
- Pre-heat oven to 350 and de-seed the squash then cut into small pieces.
- Rub with olive oil and place in over for 30min
- chop onion and add it to the olive oil heating on the stove in a large wok or pan
- add crushed garlic to the onions once they are translucent
- cut bell pepper into small pieces and add it to the onion
- once the pepper is soft add the yeast – water and let simmer
- cook pasta to taste
- add the kale when there is 5min left on the squash
- add the squash hot out of the oven and cover everything with the sauce.
- Serve the pasta and top with the curry veggie mix
I’m not sure if I could taste the added turmeric over the curry, but whatever the case this dish was delicious! Curry and squash is a very nice combo. Let me know if you find turmeric near you!
p.s. I am trying to get back to blogging recipes – mainly dinners. Sorry for the lighting, I am just trying to get these amazing flavors out there! Thanks for still reading!
So I went a little nuts at the Farmer’s Market yesterday and got a lot of produce but in fact not enough lettuce…anyway I thought I would post another farmers market recipe! I didn’t realize how good this was going to be until I ate it so I do not have a picture of the Cinderella eggplant before it was cooked but they are softball size and light purple with white instead of a deep purple.
To start I hallowed her out and cooked up 1/2 and onion and the guts in some olive oil. Once that had cooked for about 10min I added two zucchini fritter failures to the pan (you could just use shredded carrots and zucchini instead) and 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa.
Now those ingredients are all fine and dandy but you add some curry powder and bam! Eggplant and curry are amazing together. The only thing that would have mad this better would have been some cilantro. I cheated with parsley to make it look better.
Bad Sissy Monster! I drank it anyway
Time to go finish off the leftover stuffing!
When I read about KERF’s coconut shrimp and kale soup I knew exactly what I wanted to make for dinner! I switched up her recipe a little and made it vegetarian, but I think it would be equally delicious. I haven’t met anything that mixes coconut and curry that I didn’t like.
I had a can of coconut milk hanging around just begging to be used so she went into the pot!
Along with the coconut milk:
- 1 carton of veggie broth
- 1 bag of frozen mixed greens or one head of kale/mustard greens/collards
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 can coconut milk
- shake of nutmeg
- 1 clove of garlic pressed
- small dash of salt – already sodium in the broth!
- 1 can of chickpeas drained
Throw everything in a pot and let simmer for 30min. Serve with delicious bread aka Great Harvest Dakota bread!
Time to get back to cleaning!
I know I have recently been writing only about wedding things and forgetting about food, but I am still trying to eat normally and not let the stress negatively impact the way I was running my life before! My hope is to have a photographer, caterer and dress by April 3rd…fingers and toes crossed!!!!
Back to the food!
I usually don’t eat much tofu, but I saw it at Whole Foods this weekend and it sounded good.
I mixed up some olive oil and curry powder then brushed it on thin slices of tofu and coated one side in sesame seeds. Baked at 350 for 45min – I like my fu crunchy!
All together on my wedding vision board!
I obviously have a lot of space to fill!
What detail at a wedding you have attended made it stick out from others?
Do you like curry? I LOVE curry! I however do not like that the first ingredient in most curries is some form of oil. I set out to make a delicious curry with less oil and tons of flavor.
I have had the curry powder in the left for a really long time. In fact I think my mom gave it to me from her spice rack when I moved to Boston. It may be old, but I love its can and the crazy label. I added a little extra flavor with the other spices just to pump it up, but I don’t have all of the curry spices so I just went with it.
MUNG BEAN CURRY – serves 2 maybe 3
- 2 TBSP curry powder – I used a lot and these spices are really to taste for me
- 1/4 tsp tumeric
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1 clove garlic – pressed
- 1 acorn squash roasted, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup water or chicken broth
- 3 kale leaves torn into chip size pieces
- 1/2 cup dry mung beans cooked as directed
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Roast squash for 20min @400 coated in 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- coat bottom of large pot with other tbsp of coconut oil
- chop onion and cook until clear in the oil ~ 5min
- add garlic, spices and water
- Add kale and steam ~5min
- Add beans and stir together – add more water if needed to coat the spices over the beans and kale
- Lastly add the chopped squash and gently stir into the curry bean mix – try to keep the cubes whole
- Let the whole mix simmer for about 5min to get the flavors throughout adding more water if needed.
This made a lot of dishes but it did not take much time to make because once mung beans are soaked they do not take very long to get soft.
We are supposed to get an ice storm tonight into tomorrow so Sissy and I might be staying put tomorrow. All the more time to enjoy some curry!
I tried out something new in my meal tonight.
I added one tsp to my grains as they were cooking.
Unfortunately I had high hopes for this but I couldn’t taste the coconut at all! I don’t know if I didn’t add enough or if it was the grain blend I used, but I will try plain rice and a little more oil next time. Thankfully coconut oil has many uses!
All together now!
I love curry flavors!
I’ll keep you updated on my coconut oil adventures!
First off I had the most amazing ride today in the Maryland countryside! I rode for about 12.5 miles over an hour and climbed some major hills. Best part about hills? What does up must come down! I would bring my camera but given it’s lameness already I don’t want to take any chances!
When I got back from my ride I wanted dinner!
- 1 shallot
- 1tbs EVOO
- 12 shrimp
- 1 zucchini
- 1/2 cup wheat berries (when uncooked)
- 1/2 cup soy beans
- 1 tbs curry powder
Cooke wheat berries in a pot water for 30min or until desired chew. Sautee shallot in EVOO, add zuc, beans and then finally shrimp and curry powder.
Serve shrimp mix over wheat berries and you are done!
I am going to Maine tomorrow and I can’t wait. Maine is probably the most special place to me in the US and then Arizona on horseback. I could ride through the desert on a horse all day long (as long as I had water!)
I can’t wait to smell that fresh Maine air. Nothing else smells like Maine.
Before getting to the running portion of my afternoon I am going to lead you there through some food.
Spinach, tomatoes, peppers and goat cheese gratin salad. Orange cut like KATH! Why has no one else thought of cutting oranges like this before???? I guess bartenders know about it.
Look at those layers of potatoes! I used the mandolin that Nick’s mom got my for Christmas on the smallest setting and it was so easy!
The afternoon came and went and my nerves started to get really high. I snacked on the last of my prunes and almonds from my desk on my way to the gym.
It was so weird remembering what to pack this morning. I had to go back to the bedroom at least 3 times before I got it all.
Then it was time. I had my knee brace on that I had gotten for my PFPS just for a little extra crutch. My heart was racing. 160 standing on the t-mill!!!!! I sent the machine for 12min at 6.0 no incline. 2 min in I had to stop (did you think it was going to be positive?). It wasn’t that I was in so much pain I had to stop, but I knew my knee was not right. I want it to be 100% OK before I start running again. I got off and did some core work. It no longer hurt. I pulled off the brace and got back on the t-mill to make sure I was really off or it was all in my head. I finished my planned mile, but my knee still felt wonky. When I got off I could feel my knee. You aren’t really supposed to feel your knee it is just supposed to be there. I finished my workout with arms and some PT strength moves (what did I have to loose?) I got into my car and held back tears. I had just started really running, how could it be over already?
Now I am showered and iced and interested to see how my knee feels in the morning and walking into work.
Where do I go from here? Get and MRI, see the Dr again? I am going to see how my knee feels in the morning, talk to Ray and then go from there. It is not the end of the world, but I don’t really like swimming. I will have to ask my Dr. what I CAN do if I can no longer run. Wow that is still so weird to think about.
OK so back to the food…Nick had a soccer game tonight so I mad a meal that is easy and he has recently declared one of his favorites!
Curry tofu (he had chicken) with kale (he had spinach). I love TJs curry sauce! I also had a everything bagel thin with real whipped butter. Smart Balance has nothing on whipped butter. Steamy tofu and kale.
For dessert I had 1/2 a banana with a smear of dark chocolate PB.
It is also my loves birthday so I am going to try and put on a happy face when he gets home.
(One of the messages I left around the house this morning for him to wake up to)
It is not the end of the world…
Wow I am behind!
Well the most important think that has happened in the last 24 hours is that the RAVENS beat the Patriots in the Wildcard playoffs for the first time ever! This is huge because 1) I can rub it in the 2 Pat’s fan in my office face (along with one Stealer) and 2) We have never beat them! Both my mom and my Grandparents called me to say they watched the game. Thanks for the support guys!
OK so backing up…last night’s dinner was simple, delicious and easy! It took me about 10min to create.
Sweet potato, tofu, onions and peas in curry sauce.
First I mircowed the sweet p for 5 min until tender. While this was cooking I sautéed 1/2 and onion in a large pan. Once the onions started to brown I added about a cup of frozen peas and then the pre-cubed tofu. As this cooked I chopped the sweet potato and then added it to the mix. All topped with some red curry sauce from TJs and simmered for 2min before serving.
For dessert I had 2 chocolates before heading downtown for a friends b-day. Nick and I stopped by the pub dog and I had two boxers (black dog and blueberry dog mixed). They brew all their own beer hence the dog names in the beer.
This morning I had a delicious french toaster.
Yummy in my tummy!
After breakfast Nick and I watched Revolutionary Road before cleaning up for company. I made some chips and guac for the boys and nibbled on some throughout the game. I was told that is was the best guac they had ever had! I love when people tell me that! I honestly can’t give a recipe because it is all by taste with every ingredient besides the avocado.
Snacking didn’t leave me hungry for a very big lunch so I had a lovely bowl of yogurt, vanilla almond crunch granola and POM aril.
I added more granola about 1/2 way through. That stuff tastes amazing!
The Ravens game was a nail biter at certain points but we were leading from the beginning. I am just hoping that Flacco can through next week against Payton Manning.
After the game I did my hip adductor stretches some core work and push ups. I have only been doing these exercises for 2 days, but I can already feel it in my inner quad. Tomorrow I am taking it to the gym so I can use some weights and test out some cardio. I am also going to stop by Charm City Runs to get some Spensco foot supports and I am ordering 2 knee sleeves offline, which are supposed to work better than the tape.
Nick and I both agreed that due to our snackie afternoon we wanted something light for dinner. I baked up a butternut squash and made a large salad.
I ate the skin on the butternut, so much easier than peeling it!
Sissy and I are going to go read more Pollan and the head to bed (She is currently sitting behind my head)
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Night all! GO RAVENS!